April 2022

 

Today was a Members’ Day. We made this arrangement some years ago when our meetings coincided with big national events like Wonderwool Wales and Woolfest which may attract potential tutors/speakers and indeed our members. These days give members a good chance to socialise and circulate, compare notes and ideas and help one another with techniques, projects or problems.

One of our members may offer to do some in-house tutoring and today we thank Ann who was demonstrating long and short draw spinning.   Ann is AKA Northern Area link for the GPC of our national association, (The Association of Guilds of Weavers Spinners and Dyers) https://www.wsd.org.uk/

We were then very pleased to welcome Marjorie, almost a founder member, past president and now an honorary member.  Marjorie has very kindly donated a beautiful antique spinning wheel which she wishes to be sold to generate funds for the guild.  More details about the wheel and arrangements for the sale will be circulated later. We are most grateful to Marjorie for this very kind donation.  Marjorie brought a cutting about the Guild from the Warrington Guardian of March 1993 captioned ‘Being in a Spin can be the Nineties Answer to Stress’…still relevant?

Later Janice showed the group pieces of beautiful Japanese Ikat weaving in silk she had made some time ago whilst on a course at the Snail Trail Handweavers in Pembrokeshire. The proprietor of the business Martin Weatherhead, who has now retired from teaching, has produced a most wonderful tapestry inspired by the romance of Peredur from the White Book of Rhydderch.  A huge project that has taken four years.

https://youtu.be/B0cJGE4LV40

For more information about the White Book and pronunciation consult our own Welsh speaker Carol.

Folk sitting near Miriam www.thediscreteunicorn.com  were astonished to see her working away on a little gadget we (the ‘baby boomers’) recognized from childhood:  a Speed Weaver Darning Loom, price 2/6!  Now that a darn is a fashion statement rather than a necessity the clever little loom has become increasingly popular…try Ebay.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Most welcome were the three new members, Helen, Jo and Maya who have increased our total membership to fifty-one, quite a milestone for North Cheshire, the most members since its foundation in 1984.